Best hotels and hostels in Karnataka

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kodagu (Coorg) Region

    Rainforest Retreat

    A great place to socialise with eco-minded Indians, this nature-soaked refuge is immersed within forest and plantations, and has an organic, sustainable set-up. Accommodation is lazy camping (prepitched tents with beds) or cottages with solar power. Rates include plantation tours and treks. Check the website for volunteering opportunities. An autorickshaw from Madikeri is ₹250.

  • Lodging in Bandipur National Park

    Serai

    Set in a coffee plantation that backs onto the park, this luxurious resort has gorgeous Mediterranean-inspired villas (some with private pool) that are in harmony with the natural surroundings. Thatched-roof rooms feature elegant touches such as copper bathroom fixtures, stone-wall showers and wildlife photography on the walls. Its glassed-in restaurant and infinity pool both maximise outlooks to the Nilgiri Hills.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kodagu (Coorg) Region

    Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa

    Nestling in misty rainforest, this supremely stylish hotel incorporates principles of space and minimalism, and effectively blends into its environment. Old cattle tracks lead to rooms, with pricier ones featuring private indoor pools, fireplaces and butlers. There are astonishing highland views from the lobby and infinity pool, and a top-class ayurvedic spa.

  • Lodging in Nagarhole National Park

    Bison Resort

    Inspired by luxury safari lodges in Africa, Bison succeeds in replicating the classic wilderness experience with a stunning waterfront location and a choice between canvas-walled cottages, stilted bungalows or bush camping. It offers a wide selection of activities, including treks to local tribal villages and sunset boat rides. Service standards are top notch and there are expert naturalists on hand.

  • Lodging in Kodagu (Coorg) Region

    Golden Mist

    An incredibly peaceful, very rustic Indian-German-managed tea-, coffee- and rice-growing farm. The cottages have character, though they're basic and best suited to outdoor types rather than those who prize their creature comforts. Meals are tasty local dishes made from the farm’s organic produce. Staff members are very hospitable. It's tricky to find and not signposted; an autorickshaw from Madikeri costs ₹250.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Electric Cats B&B

    Well-organised, sociable Electric Cats, close to the buzzing Indiranagar area, has good dorms (including one female-only dorm) with a shared bathroom. All beds have quality linen, private reading lamps and charging facilities. Drinking water and wi-fi are free, there's no curfew, and staff members are very switched on to travellers' needs, even organising Christmas dinners, pub crawls, barbecues and (free) yoga.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Badami

    Heritage Resort

    Set back from the highway, the wonderfully peaceful Heritage Resort has 14 tasteful, airy and spacious rooms and cottages with all mod cons (kettle, flatscreen TV, minibar), attractive wooden furniture and a dash of contemporary style. Management is courteous and helpful, the grounds are leafy and the restaurant food is very tasty. It's 2km north of the centre.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandipur National Park

    Dhole’s Den

    Dhole’s Den offers contemporary design in lovely pastoral surrounds. Stylish rooms and bungalows are decked out with art and colourful fabrics, plus couches and deckchairs. It’s environmentally conscious, with solar power, tank water and organic vegies. Camping is available for those on a budget. Located a 20-minute drive from park headquarters; rates include a guided nature walk.

  • Lodging in Hampi

    Hampi’s Boulders

    This 'ecowilderness’ resort is 10km west of Virupapur Gaddi by the Tungabhadra River. It's an isolated but supremely relaxed place to escape, with a choice of cottages that have elegant furnishings and river views. There's a stunning natural pool for chlorine-free swims. Rates include a guided walk, and the restaurant's food uses ingredients from its organic farm. Limited wi-fi.

  • Lodging in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Royal Orchid Metropole

    Recently renovated, this heritage property once served as the residence for the maharaja’s British guests. It has spectacular grounds and a choice of atmospheric dining areas, including a sheltered courtyard. Rooms ooze character and boast all mod cons; there are four comfort levels to choose from. The fitness centre and very classy bar round things off in style.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nagarhole National Park

    Waterwoods Lodge

    On a grassy embankment overlooking scenic Kabini Lake, Waterwoods is a stunning lodge. Most rooms have balconies with wonderful lake views, swing chairs, hardwood floors and designer flair. It’s kid friendly, with a trampoline, an infinity pool, free canoe hire and wood-fired pizzas. Pamper yourself in the spa, which has massage rooms, a Jacuzzi and a steam bath.

  • Lodging in Kakkabe

    Chingaara

    This delightful farmhouse is surrounded by verdant coffee plantations, with good birding in the vicinity. Its nine rooms are spacious, and most have good views. Good home-style cooking is served and staff members will light a bonfire at night. It’s 2.5km up a rocky steep hill (4WD only); call ahead and Chingaara’s 4WD will pick you up from Kabbinakad junction.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Casa Piccola Cottage

    Tastefully renovated, Casa Piccola has a personalised brand of hospitality that has garnered it a solid reputation. Its atmospheric rooms, with tiled floors and traditional bedspreads, offer a tranquil sanctuary. The garden features papaya and avocado trees. Book via the website for the best rates.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Anegundi

    Uramma Cottage

    A wonderfully atmospheric lodge with rustic-chic cottages scattered around a large, grassy plot. The attention to detail is evident in the chunky wooden furniture, lovely bed linen and handmade textiles that add a splash of colour. Staff members couldn't be more helpful, and the restaurant serves very fine food (meals ₹400) and beer. Rates drop in low season.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kakkabe

    Honey Valley Estate

    The friendly owners market their delightful homestay as 'perfect for the pleasure of doing nothing at all', but if you do want to shake a leg you'll find 18 local trekking routes. The lodge is at 1250m, so expect cool, fresh mornings. There are 10 accommodation options; meals are ₹150 to ₹200. Accessible by 4WD only (₹200; book via hotel) from Kakkabe.

  • Lodging in Gokarna

    Arya Ayurvedic Panchakarma Centre

    At the southern end of Kudle, this ayurvedic centre has some of the best rooms on the beach. It offers simple yet elegant accommodation with quality furnishings a few steps from the shore. Priority is given to those booking ayurvedic packages. There's a fine in-house cafe.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gokarna

    SwaSwara

    'Journeying into the self' is the mantra at SwaSwara and you certainly have the infrastructure to achieve that here, as this is one of South India’s finest retreats. Yoga, ayurvedic treatments, a meditation dome, and elegant private villas with open-sky showers and lovely sitting areas await. No short stays are possible. It's inland from Om Beach.

  • Lodging in Mangaluru (Mangalore)

    Phalguni River Lodge

    Next to the Pilikula Nisarga Dhama park, with views of the Gurupur River and coconut groves, this lodge offers a tranquil natural environment for those stressed by Indian city life. Rooms are spacious and there's good grub, including local seafood, available in the restaurant. Managed by the Jungle Lodge chain. Around 8km west of the centre of town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Taj West End

    Expect superb service at this very fine hotel, spread over 8 hectares of stunning tropical gardens. The West End dates to 1887, when it was established as a base for British officers, and it still oozes colonial-era class. Some of the city's best dining options lie within, include the Blue Ginger (Vietnamese cuisine) and the Masala Klub (Indian).

  • Lodging in Hampi

    Evolve Back Hampi

    Seriously stylish new place with stunning accommodation. Book a terrace suite for maharaja-size space, including your own hot tub. The grounds are gorgeous, the staff kindly and efficient, and the facilities good. As it's isolated, around 6km from the Royal Centre, consider a half-board package. Book via the resort's website for the best deal.